One particular example is a 1942 film, Cat People, where a race of women turns into murderous panthers when sexually aroused or are driven with jealously. She describes numerous scenes in the movie which depict the strength feminine monsters have by expressing particular anxieties that different people have. I can perfectly discern the purpose of using this specific movie and it is astounding. A particular scene she describes is when a cat person named Irena Dubrovna meets with Dr. Louis Judd (a psychiatrist who attempts to cure her of her unfortunate curse) for her appointment. The significance of this scene is that Dr. Judd, who is again a physiatrist, tries to take complete control of Irena by using hypnosis and finding out everything she knows which eventually fails due his urge to kiss her.
The odd behavior the girls displayed were uncontrollable seizures, profane screaming, and trance-like states. (“The Salem Witch Trials, 1692”)
In the book, The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, the mental state of the main character, the governess is questionable and often argued by the audience. The governess reports several sighting of two ghosts, Peter Quint and Miss Jessel, however, the strange events degrade the credibility of the governess and readers must decide if they were real or fake. The governess is insane because she imagines the ghosts, displays excessive fear and anxiety and is extremely paranoid over the safety of her charges. All of this reasons are symptoms of insanity which lead us to logically believe she has a mental illness. The governess is insane because she is the only person at Bly to witness the ghosts of Peter Quint and Miss Jessel.
By looking deeper into the meaning of a character, we can infer good information about the story, and how a characters personality can affect the plot. When we look at the grandmother in the story, we see many traits of which cause problems and precarious situations. The grandmother when looked at closely is the main reason that all the problems in the story happened. In the beginning of the story she displays a stubborn attitude and shows a spirit of independency; maybe too much. She carefully sneaks her cat into the car, and later down the road the cat sneaks out, jumps on the drivers face, and causes them to have a wreck.
“The cat, unnoticed, had crept up on muffled paws from Zeena's seat to the table…The cat… tried to effect an unnoticed retreat, and in doing so backed into the pickle-dish, which fell to the floor with a crash” (Wharton, chap 4). When Mattie moves in and her relationship with Ethan grows, she begins to break Zeena and Ethan’s marriage. Mattie moving in could be represented by the cat getting on the table. When the cat knocks over the dish, it breaks. This symbolizes that when Mattie got too close, Ethan’s marriage broke apart.
She has siblings named Tefnut, Shu, Serket, Hathor, Horus, Sekhment, Anhur; Ammut and Hoth. Often accompined by a litter of kittens since cats were sacred to Bast, to harm one was considered a crime against her and was very unlucky. They are the incarnations of the goddess and are to be mummified when they die and could be presented to her as an offering. Ancient Egyptians placed great value on cats because they protected crops, and slowed the spread of disease by killing vermin. Bast was seen as a protective goddess.
The challenges that Alyss faces in The Looking Glass Wars are that nobody is there to guide her, her malicious aunt wants to kill her, and she is told she failed the maze. To begin with, Alyss is hunted by her dubious aunt in an attempt to track her down and kill her. Redd, Alyss’ aunt, had her chance to kill Alyss, but instead chose to kill Alyss’ mother who was the Queen of Wonderland. With the king and queen gone, Redd’s only challenger for the throne in the near future is Alyss. Knowing this, she commands the Cat, her best assassin, to “‘Find Alyss and kill her’” (Beddor 67).
The leopard print may symbolize the media’s view on her preying over men, or it could also mean that she is a “crazy cat lady” that will end up unhappy and without a man. In this same frame, the artist has running mascara, and that emphasizes her madness and obsession over these men. The interesting factor is that the make up is always the same. The make up consists of a light smoky eye, classic thin eyeliner, and bold red lips. The red shade symbolizes passion, immorality, and a “source of confidence,” says Poppy King, “You put it on and suddenly you feel more capable than you did without it” (Psychologies).
Foxes are sly, cunning creatures known for their cleverness and knack for deception. They are usually seen as vermin in the hunt as they have no real value once captured; the real value is the chase they offer (Medieval Bestiary, Fox). Throughout literature and mythology, foxes have been used as a symbol of treachery and dishonesty. Both the lady and Gawain relate to the fox in this regard. The lady comes into the room on the third morning dressed in a low-cut gown with precious jewels decorating her hair; a true “foxy lady”.
Edgar Allan Poe 's The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart are very similar in the way that they portray insanity. In The Black Cat the narrator was an introvert that becomes an alcoholic and becomes “insane” when he starts to not feel any emotions when he does anything, cruel or not. In The Black Cat the narrator did things that many would consider insane, such as taking a cats’ eye out or hanging the cat because you love it. The narrator, despite being an alcoholic, did things that even if you were intoxicated would make you insane to be ok with. The narrator, in a drunken stupor, took the black cats’ eye out, then afterwards, after feeling some remorse at least, decided to hang the cat because he loved it.